About this certificate program

All mining companies require that drilling equipment brought to site is inspected and certified for use before drilling commences. Because of the variety of drilling methods and the complexity of a drilling operation, it is critical that the inspection of drill rigs and ancillary equipment is done in a systematic and thorough way.

This certificate program is based on the Drill Site Safety Certificate with two additional courses. The Drilling Engineering course will provide the necessary information to allow the inspector to do the calculations and analyses necessary to certify a drill rig for use. The Practical Hazard Identification course is based on the proven "Function - Component Hazard Identification" technique and serves as a practical assessment of the candidates ability to fully conduct a drill rig inspection. 

Who should register?

This certificate program is designed for safety managers, safety inspectors, artisans and engineers who will be involved in the inspection and certification of drilling equipment. 

Certificate outline

This certificate program is made up of eight courses:

  • Drilling Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Drilling Methods

  • Common Drilling Calculations

  • Fundamentals of Risk Assessment

  • Fundamentals of Hazard Identification

  • Legal Aspects of Exploration Drilling (SA Law)

  • Practical Hazard Identification

  • Drilling Engineering

Before you register...

  • This certificate program is designed to prepare candidates to conduct a full and thorough inspection of a drill rig and ancillary drilling equipment. This program is therefore only offered on an "assessed' option.

  • Course assessments require that candidates have a good level of experience and have access to a production or exploration drilling operation. Candidates who do not have access to an active drilling operation should not register for this program.

  • This program is designed for candidates with a sound technical background who have a good understanding of mechanics, electrics and hydraulics. Candidates must have an above average mathematical ability and must be able to perform relatively complex calculations.

  • The Practical Hazard Identification course involves the practical inspection of a drill rig and some ancillary equipment and so must be conducted at a time and a location that is convenient both to the candidate and the assessor. Travel and ancillary costs for the assessor will be covered by the candidate.


Although our online learning programs allow candidates to work at their own pace, it is important that candidates maintain a good work rate and so time limits are set within which courses must be completed. Generally 3 - 4 weeks are allowed per course and so this certificate should be completed within 7 to 8 months. A timetable of course completion dates will be made available to the candidate on registration. 


The cost of this certificate program is R 13 900,00 per person, excluding VAT, this amount excludes additional costs for the practical assessment. 

Please refer to the schedule for the monthly intake dates. Should you wish to register for this certificate program, please complete the registration form below.